Monday, April 3, 2017

Road trip to Williams

A few weekends ago, we decided to take a trip to Williams, Arizona.

Also known as, the 'Gateway to the Grand Canyon'.

And it happens to be part of Route 66.

We hopped in the car with Miss Daisy, Lucky boy, and Beebee, the official navigator...

and headed up North.

Williams is a sweet little town with most of it's historic buildings still intact.

First stop... lunch at Cruisers Cafe, because more than just about anything, we both like to eat.

As you can tell, the restaurant is full of 1950s nostalgia.

The food was pretty good too. 

In fact, John was so serious about the menu...

that he almost didn't realize I was taking his picture, instead of our surroundings.

"Got you!"

You can tell by the look on his face that he thinks I'm nuts.

Daisy wasn't really feeling the picture taking...

and neither was Lucky boy, 

But Beebee was :)

After lunch, we decided to walk around town and check out the sights.

Like this Elvis, that kind of looks like a zombie.

There were lots of nicknack shops in the old buildings...

a hotel or two...

and a an old steam engine on display, by the train station.

This is where you can take a train up to the Grand Canyon or ride The Polar Express during Christmas.

John took a picture of me, with our "Charlie's Angels"...

and one of us.

Afterwards, it was getting really cold and by that, I mean it started snowing.

So, we got back in the car to check out the side streets.

We saw an old repair shop...

an old building with "a lady of the evening" hanging out the window...

a sweet old church...

an old abandoned school...

and an old house.

Before we headed home, we decided to venture even father out and ended up going through an old tunnel, while a train went over us.

And down the road we went...

until we came across a beautiful lake.

Then it was time to go home.

By the way, do you see the cloud shaped like an elephant?

Or maybe it's just me and John is right about me being nuts ;)



  1. It looks like a wonderful town to explore! The countryside is beautiful there too.

  2. Hey Rue, you two lovebirds look like you had so much fun seeing the sights and feasting on great food. The fur babies, I'm sure enjoyed their outing, too.


  3. What a cool looking place! Great place to visit and take pics. Bet the dogs loved the outing. How do you feel about folks wanting to stop you and pet the dogs? I am so bad about it, I love dogs so much that I am one of those people that wants to talk to them all!

  4. What a cool looking place! Great place to visit and take pics. Bet the dogs loved the outing. How do you feel about folks wanting to stop you and pet the dogs? I am so bad about it, I love dogs so much that I am one of those people that wants to talk to them all!

  5. Looks like all of you enjoyed yourselves. I love travelling with my furry kids...just like you!

  6. What a really neat town. I think I would like it out west, exploring. My area is super charming and super old, like Revolutionary War old, but I think your kind of history is more interesting. :) Fun day!

  7. My goodness, Rue...John is one handsome dude...:)
    Love that tour of the olden town...glad you had fun.
    Love to you....

  8. Great pictures and what a fun road trip! I love all the buildings and specially love the doggie photos. They are so cute! SOunds like a neat little town to explore. I love little places like that. Have a great week!

    Hugs, Vicky

    1. Oh...I almost forgot...I see an elaphant...or at least the head and trunk. Is it to the right of the huge cloud in the center?

  9. I love old towns like this. In Durango, CO there's a historic steam locomotive -- the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad from Durango to Silverton. It's been in continuous operation between Durango and Silverton since 1882. Looks like you two had a blast (pups, too). Elephant? Only what I think Vicky saw. To the right of the biggest cloud. xo

  10. Road trip! It looked mighty cold up there. Interesting shops and buildings. I would keep on driving on too, beautiful lake,but it'll be nice to plan another day trip or maybe an overnighter down south in wine country.
    Boy, those doggies know that they are loved, their soulful eyes:).
    I think too, I spy the elephant.
    Kathleen in Az

    1. We've been enjoying all sorts of day trips and I'll be sharing another this week :)

      I'm glad you spied the elephant ;)


  11. It looks like a perfectly lovely day Rue. ;) How fun to just explore and take it all in. Be blessed my friend. :)

  12. You both look happy! Nothing like a road trip for some fun and something different.

  13. Did you hold up your feet and make a wish as you drove under the train?

    This looks like such a fun road trip! Old small towns are the best to explore and you both look very happy while there even if Daisy and Lucky weren't thrilled to be photographed. Route 66, that takes me back to the old tv show but it was way before your time.

  14. I have a friend who lives in Williams. I have never been there.

  15. It looks like you both had a lot of fun. I love the photo of you in the redcoat with the three dogs and train. Great shot! When my daughter was little we went on the Polar Express. It was a lot of fun. The kids wear pajamas and a coat, because it is really cold, and they sing Christmas Carols, and Santa walks down the aisle of the train. We did an overnighter package, because that was the best way to do it, because at the time there was one major hotel in town sponsoring it. I've never taken it in the day to the Grand Canyon. We have always driven, but you know it is probably the better way to go, because it gets more and more crowded each year, and the parking is terrible at the GC anyway. xoxo Su

  16. We stopped in Williams and ate lunch while on our way to the Grand Canyon a number of years ago. I thought it was a neat little town, too! I'm glad you had a good day with your honey. He is a cutie! xo Cheryl

  17. hello scarlett in the red coat! you two are just adorable.
    and I love that you ate outside so the doggies could be with you.
    and the cloudy skies and the little old town! a perfect day i'd say.
    not that you're nuts... but I tried and tried to see that elephant. LOL!!! xo
    now going to play catch up on the post I missed. ♥

  18. Looks like you had a wonderful day! I love towns where the old buildings haven't been torn down to build new ones. (or modified until they have none of the old character left) Looks like the doggies had a good day too.

  19. Hi Rue, looks like you and John (and the puppies) had a fabulous day! Love all the old buildings. The automotive shop is very interesting.
    Thanks for sharing your day!

  20. Hi Rue, Looks like a wonderful road trip. I love visiting old towns like this. So much character and charm. Looks like the pups enjoyed it too.
    The cloud formation is beautiful. Have a great new week. xoxo

  21. What a fun adventure and I love that you took the three babies with you.
    Wonderful scenery - I don't think I would have wanted to come home.

  22. Such a lovely selection of photo's.
    So good to see the two of you.

    That lake looks a lovely spot.

    Happy April Wishes

    All the best Jan

  23. Hm. I don't see an elephant...

  24. Hi Rue! What a great post. Looks like such a fun time. You and John make such a handsome couple. Such a cute pic of you and the dogs. Have a wonderful week!

  25. Day/road trips are so much fun! Glad you both had the chance to do so. Me and my hubby like doing the same.

  26. Oh, how I miss Arizona! You got some nice photos of the area. Looks like your fur babies are used to being in front of the camera...they are adorable.
    Have a great week, Rue.

  27. We were there about 8 years ago and my son loved the train ride and the train robbers on horse back! Looks like the two of you and the fur babies had a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing with us ☺

  28. Howdy Rue-- so glafmd to see you yiu had stopped by and wowzers!!-- i love this post! First and foremost--- yall look so HAPPY! Yes indeed! Love your pretty red coat and i went and bought me one this winter and im so glad i did-- its bright and happy and a very classic pea coat so i will get years of use out of it especially since we dont wear them too often down here. Well this was like looking at pictures of US travelling because we pack em up and load em up--- all of em-- and away we Go!! Lol we take 2 big dogs everywhere-- mercy its alot of work but worth it-- they ARE family! loved seeing all the sights at this interesting little town! Can you even imagine all the the things that hotel has seen through the years of history? Love the pic of you with the doggies in front of the train and i agree with miss bj--- your beau is quite dashing!

  29. What a gorgeous road trip! It looked like a lot of fun too, with all those dogs! How cute :-) The hubby and I road-tripped last weekend. We spent Saturday in a gorgeous little town in Ohio. I was skeptical there was a pretty town in Ohio, but Athens, OH is really pretty! The hubby and I love taking drives to see new things, it's one of our favorite things to do.

    I stared and stared at that cloud picture. I tried to see an elephant, but I just don't have it :-) Have a great day Rue!

  30. Too bad it was cold, but it looks you enjoyed the trip anyway. My dog HATES car rides. Lucky you to be able to travel with your three angels :)

  31. Cute photos of the two of you and your doggies! It looks like a fun day all around. Now that the weather is warming up, I'm looking forward to summer road trips, too.

    I think I see the elephant ears.

  32. Ha! I found the elephant! Looks alike a fun and relaxing time. I wish I could breathe up in the mountains - I never got used to the altitude at Cimmarron last summer. Too bad because that part of the US is soooo pretty.

  33. Looks like an awesome little mini road trip, I love all the 50s memorabilia!

  34. I enjoyed all the photos - the Red Garter looks interesting (I love photos of buildings and architecture). I haven't been to that part of Arizona except maybe once or twice - (Is Jerome near there - I must google that)... thanks for the tour

  35. I see the elephant! You make such a cute couple. Of course I love your many dogs!
    Take care|

  36. What a fun adventure you and John had with the pups. If you're nuts Rue, then I'm nuts, too, because I spotted the elephant right away! May we both enjoy finding beautiful shapes in fluffy clouds.

  37. Old towns have so much do the buildings and houses that contain it. The train shots would look good in a black and white as well as the cafe...{maybe in spot color, too}. Looks like you all had a blast.
    P.S. I see a dolphin

  38. Hi,
    This was fun!
    Thank you for taking us along. I enjoy your trip posts.


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